Fritz, Kenny, Walsh named to Lacrosse Hall of Fame

The New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation is pleased to announce that it has chosen seven new members for the New Jersey Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

Tom Fritz, MG Hollingsworth, Samantha Kenny, Mike Kinney, Bob Nuse, Greg Raschdorf and Mike Walsh will be feted at Mercer Oaks in Princeton, New Jersey on the afternoon of Sunday, January 29. More information about the Hall of Fame and other programs can be found on its website

Tom Fritz was chosen as an outstanding former player. A 3-sport athlete at Mountain Lakes High School, Fritz played close defense for three years for the Lakers and led his teams to three Morris County Tournament titles, two Fitch Division titles and a state championship in 1993. In 1993 he was also a first team All-American and the New Jersey Coaches Player of the Year. He went on to a stellar career at Nazareth College which included three appearances in the Division III National Championship game. In two of them (1996, 1997) Nazareth won National titles.

MG Hollingsworth was selected as an outstanding contributor. He played four years of varsity lacrosse at Bridgewater East and was an All-American in 1986. He went on to play four years of lacrosse at Rutgers University. Since 2000 he has been very active with the Bridgewater Youth Lacrosse and is founder of the town’s Sweet Laxin’ summer lacrosse tournament which draws over 100 youth programs from across the state.

Samantha Kenny was chosen among the truly outstanding coaches. The Morristown High School graduate and former player, she coached at Summit High School from 1995-2004. Her teams compiled a record of 131-14-5. Her teams won five consecutive Star Division titles from 1995-1999. In 1999 Summit finished 22-0 and won the state championship.

Mike Kinney was selected from the contributor category. Although he did not play lacrosse, he attended Kean University and learned the sport while watching Hawley Waterman’s teams. He covered boys lacrosse as a sportswriter for the Newark Star Ledger from 1984-2011 and currently reports on lacrosse for News12Varsity. He was previously named “Writer of the Year” by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association in 1990 and “Man of the Year” by the New Jersey Lacrosse Coaches Association in 1992.

Bob Nuse was selected as an outstanding official. The Bridgewater West and Rutgers University graduate started officiating in 1991. He became the Men’s Lacrosse Officials assignor for varsity, jayvee and freshman games as well as tournaments. Under his guidance he was able to shepherd the association into the computer age. He currently assigns over 500 officials to cover every game through the lacrosse season.

Greg Raschdorf was selected as an outstanding contributor. He was a brilliant player for Sewanhaka High School in Long Island and won two national championships playing for Cornell University in the late 70s. He was involved in the early years of the New Jersey Lacrosse Foundation. He also founded the Hopewell Valley Invitational Lacrosse Tournament which has completed its 24th year.

Mike Walsh is the coach of the 2016 Tournament of Champions winning Summit girls lacrosse team. Since 2012, the Hilltoppers have posted a record of 97-18 and have won five league and Union County Championships and four sectional titles. He also helped start the West Morris Central girls lacrosse program as an assistant in 1995. He took over as varsity coach two years later and from 1997-2002, his teams posted a record of 138-23-2 and five Morris County Tournament titles. The Georgetown University and Columbia University graduate also had a memorable turn as an assistant coach at Mendham High School from 2009-2011 where he helped Jessica Shoulberg and the Minutemen to a 60-6 record over three seasons.

The Lacrosse Foundation will also honorBrent Kephart as its annual recipient of the Richard Rizk Unsung Hero Award. The Voorhees High School graduate attended Purdue University where he played on their club lacrosse team. He played key roles in starting the youth lacrosse program which eventually created interest in starting varsity lacrosse at Delaware Valley. He also reorganized the youth lacrosse Under-13 and Under 15 tryout process for the North Jersey Junior Lacrosse League and broadened the format for the Gil Gibbs youth games in its annual showcase.


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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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